‘A Practical Guide to Adding or Amending Parties or Causes of Action to a Claim in Civil Proceedings’ by Ryan Hocking


Paperback: 978-1-914608-78-0
Published: June 2023
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This book provides a practical, user-friendly guide to help navigate the various intricacies and potential pitfalls involved in amending statements of case or changing the composition of the parties. There are few factors in civil litigation of more fundamental importance than who is bringing it, who is defending it, and how they frame their respective cases. Whether due to inadvertence, a miscalculation of strategy, or simply because of the evolving landscape of the proceedings, it is commonplace for the parties to wish to alter these factors during the course of a case and to make an adjustment to their course. ‘A Practical Guide to Adding or Amending Parties or Causes of Action to a Claim in Civil Proceedings’ sets out the procedural requirements and possible difficulties in doing so, as well as providing pragmatic tactical advice for those acting for and against the party in such a position. The book addresses issues such as late applications to amend, multi-party litigation, discontinuance, and the impact of limitation periods.


Ryan Hocking was called to the Bar in 2014 and practises from Gatehouse Chambers. He has a busy commercial practice, complemented by his specialist insolvency and company law work. Ryan regularly deals with litigation involving civil fraud, tracing and following claims, commodities sales, agency, partnership, and shareholder disputes, and cross-border elements. Ryan is also experienced in offshore work, having been called to the Bar in the British Virgin Islands and advised in relation to proceedings in a number of jurisdictions including the Cayman Islands, Antigua, and the Bahamas.


Chapter One – Introduction
Chapter Two – Adding a Party
Chapter Three – Substituting Parties
Chapter Four – Additional Claims
Chapter Five – Amending Claims
Chapter Six – Removing Parties and Claims
Chapter Seven – Limitation
Chapter Eight – Costs